Tuesday, January 10, 2012

this ain't hollywood, this is a small town

 
 
 

there's something about a little diner. about sweet tea and chalkboard specials. about old men in overalls sitting, waiting for the sun rise. strong coffee. eggs with cheese.

but mostly, there's something about waking with your husband. piling into the car and driving in the cold morning (or is it still night?) air. running against the breeze into the warm shelter. sliding into the booth with rain on your jacket. holding hands across the table, right beside the sugar bowl.

our little hometown recently resurrected its diner. after sitting vacant for years, a sweet woman reopened it. and subsequently breathed life back into these roads. these people with red faces and calloused hands.

there's talk of a highway expansion in the future. about a new road pummeling through our dainty two-lane main street. but as long as there's little places like this, i have hope. in the goodness of people. the saltiness of bacon. the strength of will and vinyl siding. and the pride of a small town.

26 comments:

Gwen @ Saturdays with Maggy said...

sounds very cozy. can't remember the last time I went out for breakfast. you are so good at making us feel like we are right there with you.

Ana Magdalena said...

I wasn't always a lover of small towns, not until recently when I finally learned to love the gift of familiarity that comes with living in one.

Emily said...

that sounds so quaint and wonderful. I cant exactly relate since Im from a huge town, but there is something about small towns that I love.

Gentri said...

It sounds like such a wonderful little town. :)

Jennifer Whitaker LeBeau said...

Courtney-I am so glad you enjoyed it...my mommy is the one who opened it! I will share this with her as we have all put a lot of hard work into making it what u described! I love your blogs! Maybe I will see you up there! -Jennifer Lebeau

Holli said...

I adore diners!! Just love 'em..... wish I had one here. I'd frequent it often.

Sam | ashore said...

I love stopping by these little places when I go on any kind of road trip. There's something just so "real" about them ... no interior decorating or pretense about it.

Thisisme. said...

How lovely that Jennifer popped by, and it was her mum who opened it up. It sounds great, and how wonderful to just pop out to breakfast. Your little town does sound lovely my friend.

Nicole said...

small towns are my favorite- i love love exploring them.

Tiffany said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful! Love small towns!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Amber said...

its the small little mom and pop places that serve the best food because its really made out of love. Love for people, love for towns, and love for bacon :)

Jennifer Rod said...

so excited for ya. i love diners and my friends dont seem to understand. :)

Emma Frances said...

I love this! :] What a perfect little diner!

Claire said...

this is what Britain is missing :(

Blondie's Journal said...

I love these sort of places for an early breakfast. When we leave the lake for home on early Monday mornings, we stop at The Rise And Shine Cafe. It looks exactly like the one you are in and the clientele as you described!! Great food and you can't beat the ambiance!

XO,
Jane

LINDA said...

Cute!

xoxo

Linda from www.moonon.com

Ruthy said...

I live in a big city and I really miss living in a small town. Everything is so much more personal. However, I do love stopping by small local restaurants whenever I have a chance to eat somewhere new.

Meagan :: Mo Pie, Please said...

Such a beautiful ode to your sweet, small town. I love it.

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

There is just something about a small-town diner...it feels alot like home. :)

Amanda C. said...

I miss the small town feel. So intimate and nice.

Shalyn said...

Someone from my hometown just posted about the local diner on Facebook today- what a coincidance! Nothing like em!

chambanachik said...

What a perfect morning. :) I love the photos- you two make such a cute couple!

Erin said...

I spent the first 16 years of my life in a small town! When McDonalds went in...it was quite the hype! I loved the little cafes and roadside restaurants! :)

ginanorma said...

yes, how sweet and precious is THAT!? very.

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia said...

Your description sounds so dreamy. I love small towns, there's a feel to it that's so unique. I love exploring small towns in Australia. Especially during Winter. And the shopping! Oh the thrift shopping!

adesertgirl said...

There are some places where you just KNOW the food is made from scratch by good, capable people and that's the stuff that tastes the best. Small towns deliver that better than anything else I've found.

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